IHSS court settlement bill passed by state lawmakers

In Oakland in 2012, consumers and providers braved the rain to hear about a court injunction that stopped cuts to IHSS from going into effect. This was one of several lawsuits we filed together to protect homecare.

Update, May 30, 2013

Budget bills dealing with the IHSS Court Settlement (SB 67 and SB 68), have now been signed by the Governor.  This officially STOPS the 20% across-the-board cuts to IHSS.

The settlement agreement resolved three lawsuits related to IHSS cuts that dated back to the Schwarzenegger Administration.  Disability rights advocates, seniors, consumers and providers (including our union UDW) filed these lawsuits to stop devastating homecare cuts that put many lives at risk. 

With this settlement, we came to an agreement with the State to accept a much smaller cut instead of a permanent 20% cut.

Under the federal court settlement agreement as implemented by SB 67, IHSS recipients will see a smaller 8% cut in their service hours beginning July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.  That cut would then fall to 7% on July 1, 2014. IHSS recipients who have “documented unmet need” hours may have the cuts reduced further or eliminated.

 

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